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How are low white blood cell count and sickle cell connected?

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Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: None

Actually, patients with sickle cell disease often have white blood cell counts that are higher than normal.
This is a characteristic of the disease and not necessarily a sign of infection.

In brief: None

Actually, patients with sickle cell disease often have white blood cell counts that are higher than normal.
This is a characteristic of the disease and not necessarily a sign of infection.
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
Dr. Joseph Torkildson
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nothing

They are not associated.
A low white count is found in about 15% of african americans and has no clinical significance.

In brief: Nothing

They are not associated.
A low white count is found in about 15% of african americans and has no clinical significance.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Craig MacArthur
Low WBC can occur in sickle cell patients on hydroxyurea as a side effect of the drug. Otherwise, sickle cell patients frequently have high (10,000-20,000) WBC.
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